A Filter for Dairy Effluent
10 Oct 233 min 42 sec

Damian and Kevin take a look at the different types of filtration available for drip irrigation systems while at the NutraDrip booth at Farm Progress Show. In this segment we learn about a non-corrosive filtration system designed for dairy effluent applications.

00:00 Alright. We've seen the sand filter, we've seen the disc filter. Here we are. It's the non-corrosive sand filter. What is it that's corrosive? 00:06 If it's corrosive, I don't know if I wanna be putting it in my fields. What am I talking about? Yeah, 00:10 So we're using these, uh, non-corrosive filters in the systems that we're injecting dairy manure or hog manure in with the irrigation water. So, got high salt content, 00:19 dairy manure and hog manure. Both, both very corrosive. So essentially this is a fiberglass tank. Um, so there's no, there's no metal parts that are exposed on this tank. So same, 00:29 same concept as the earlier sand media filter we saw. It's just a non-corrosive setup. I mean, 00:33 for the person that's kind of about a regenerative agriculture manure is really good for the soils. What's corrosive about it? 00:38 'cause that's gonna kind of scare me away from wanting to use this. It's Eye salt content and manure. 00:42 So that's something we always measure when we're irrigating with it, is what is the ec or electro conductivity? It's a measurement of the salt. Okay. 00:49 Yep. You don't have one of these, if you were near the North Carolina has a whole bunch of hogs, if you had some hog operations in near you, 00:56 you would put one of these and use it or would you be afraid to use it? No, absolutely not. Um, I have a neighbor that, uh, up in Virginia, 01:03 he's got a dairy and they're, he's actually working on it now and this is what he will be going to. And we've been working with him a lot, 01:10 just trying to give him some guidance on our experiences using Drip. And, um, I think he's, he's actually talked to you guys some, uh, 01:18 that's a long way from Kansas, but, uh, you, you've got experience with it. But this is a, this is a game changer for the, uh, 01:26 dairy industry as well because you, you've gotta, you know, we get so much rainfall, 01:31 we've gotta really be able to manage that lagoon level and to have the ability now to not have to worry about replacing filtration tanks 01:40 every two or three years. That's a big deal. 'cause that's about to lie. If you just run a dairy manure through that, you might get, what, 01:46 three years out of it. There's, they've, they've improved the coatings on 'em, but yeah, it's gonna have a limited life if those high corrosive products. 01:52 And by the way, we would, Kurt and I recorded an episode about this very thing about using effluent off of a dairy or a livestock facility, even the manure. And you're probably thinking, 02:01 oh, it's so thick. How's it go through those little subsurface drip irrigation as Kevin talked about when you get these rains and, and places, you know, as, 02:09 as opposed to the desert southwest Yep. That dairy manure has got a lot of water and so it can carry through those. It's not a matter of getting through the pipes, 02:16 it's a matter of the corrosiveness and the filtration. Right. And there's a, there's a step of pre separation that we take the solids out of the manure. 02:23 So we're just dealing with the liquid, Which still has, which still has fertility, All the nitrogen, potassium in it just takes out some of the phosphorus. 02:29 Got it. Last word on the, on the corrosive, non-corrosive filter. I mean, to me it's just amazing that we can, that, 02:36 that we can actually take slurry water now Yeah. And put it through, get it prepared and put it through these drip lines with no issues. Right. 02:44 It is just amazing. And You're seeing more of this happening. I mean, there's, there's even money going to livestock facilities to prevent affluent runoff and 02:52 things like that. I mean, are we gonna be selling more of these in the next few years? It looks that way. Yep. Got, yeah, a lot of, 02:57 lot of incentives going towards less runoff in season application, just the ability to get that nutrient underneath the ground. 03:03 Kurt Grimm, the country company's name is Nutri Drip. Uh, they, uh, are found at, 03:08 Uh, nutri, uh, www.nutridrip.com, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Got it. His so got two tops faster. And his name's, his name's Kevin Matthews. 03:16 And if you really get bored, you can go and check out his system. Also, you can look at the videos we've done at least one at his place and at least two 03:24 at, uh, Kelly Garrett. So I know we've covered this before. Go back and find it. Till next time. 03:28 Damian Mason come at you Farm Progress Show with Nutri Drip talking about filters for your sub-service drip irrigation project that you might be doing 03:35 soon on a farm near you.

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